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Day 131: Tribute to Aachi!

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From the movie "Saraswati Sapatham"
Today's topic is a tribute to one of the most prolific actors in tamil cinema industry- Manorama Aachi (as she was known). She passed away a couple of days ago (Oct 10) and she was one of the best and my favorite 'actor' in cinema. Christened as Gopishantha, she was known as Manorama for millions of her fans and the film fraternity. My early memory of watching one of her performances is in the "Saraswathi Sapatham". In that Manorama had a great role as the lady help or maid for the Queen. She spoke in a funny accent and even though at that I did not understand much of that accent (I was pretty young), I really loved her. If we were to look back at her performances in some of the best movies, you might remember the terrific portrayal of that telugu drama artist who was trying to get her daughter to be liked by the rich hero in Michael Madana Kama Rajan, or you might remember the cool grandma who crooned the beautiful song for ARR, Madrasa south pakka poren- May Madham, or the loving stepmom in Apoorva Sahodharargal (Remember: "Ayyayyo Ayyo")! Every role she took she perfectly fit to a "T". One of my favorite characters of hers is the sister-in-law of Kamal Hassan in KB's Unnal Mudiyum Thambi. I still think it was one of her strongest portrayals ever. She was a great comedian and character artist. She has been paired with most of the comedians (most with Nagesh and Cho). It was much later that I knew about the cold war or the problems between Nagesh and her. I can only imagine  the wonderful characters they could have presented for us had they been paired. With many national and state level accolades, she was not just a good performer as an actor but also a great singer (For eg. Vaa vathiyare vootanda is one from Bommalattam). With some amazing portrayals and comedy timings, Aachi's great roles from the start of her career until now, I am sure this world will miss a true artist. May her soul Rest in Peace. 
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